Naaman was the Commander of the Syrian army and was a highly respected man both by his forces and his King, the King of Syria. He had won him many battles despite suffering from a dreaded skin disease – leprosy. On one of the Syrian Raids against Israel, they had carried off a little Israelite girl who later became a maid serving Naaman’s wife. One day this maid mentioned to Naaman’s wife, her mistress, that if her husband were to go to Samaria – Israelite territory – and see the prophet who lived there – Prophet Elisha – he would be cured of his disease.
These seemingly innocuous words from a maid who either dared or was trusted to speak freely by her masters set off a chain reaction. Naaman’s wife told her husband of the maid’s suggestion who in turn went to the King with it. The King of Syria sent Naaman to the King of Israel bearing gifts and a letter asking him to cure Naaman of his disease. Now as a testament that to bureaucracy’s inefficiencies in communication, the King of Israel got real upset about the King of Syria’s request not knowing that it was actually directed at his Prophet, Elisha.
Eventually Elisha got the message and customary to the healing practices those days asked Naaman to bathe seven times in the River Jordan and he was healed. Along with his physical healing came a spiritual healing which led Naaman to turn away from the gods of his king and turn instead to the God of Israel.
Had this maid, whose name we’re not even told, not kept the faith of her people despite being captured and kept servant in a foreign land, Naaman might never have been healed or returned to God. We have to acknowledge that it must have been a difficult thing for her to speak her mind in that way, making foreign suggestions to her masters. It’s interesting how countless times we are shown how God chooses people from different backgrounds and statures in life to complete a puzzle in his ministry. In a similar way despite where we are in life, our small acts of faith and courage have a place and a purpose.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.